Detroit-style is typically square, thick (but not as deep as Chicago’s deep-dish), crunchy, and delicious; that’s the kind of pie you’ll find at Buddy’s, Loui’s, Green Lantern, and Niki’s Pizza. Hell, even the fast take-out version you'll get at Jet’s is good. Sit back, get ready to pack on a few pounds, and enjoy a unique pizza experience.
Savor the best soul food you've ever had
Detroit saw an influx of black southerners who came for work in the auto factories during the early 20th century, and the food they brought with them has become one of the city’s most underrated treasures. You haven’t lived until you’ve had fried pork chops with collard greens and mac & cheese ordered through the bullet-proof glass at Motor City Soul Food. Nor have you lived before you’ve stopped on the side of a random westside street for some fresh grilled BBQ pork ribs and homemade cornbread -- soul food restaurants are open year round, but families also make a bit of extra cash by cooking up the classics streetside. Just look for the smoke rising and the sweet, unmistakable smell of barbecued meat. There’s even the highly lauded Detroit Vegan Soul for… well, vegans.
Enjoy the wit of Detroit’s growing comedy scene
Planet Ant and various other locations
When you think of “comedy cities,” your brain might jump to Chicago or Los Angeles. But Detroit’s comedy scene is on the rise. The resurgence is largely thanks to Planet Ant, which was partially founded by Keegan-Michael Key (of Key & Peele fame, of course). Whether you want to take improv classes or just enjoy stand-up, improv, podcasts, and shows from other Detroiters, Planet Ant is the epicenter. Other noteworthy comedy clubs include 313 Comedy and Go Comedy! Improv Theater. You can also go to Mark Ridley’s Comedy Castle for some touring (and local) stand-up comedians.
See some amazing street art
There are new commissioned and non-commissioned works going up all the time, so even if you’ve checked out Detroit’s street art before, odds are the landscape has changed since then. Eastern Market is perhaps the most well-known center of jaw-dropping murals. The next time it’s halfway decent outside, you can easily walk around on your own and admire these ridiculously epic works of art. There’s also murals lining The BELT, a newly revitalized strip tucked away downtown. Read our article on the subject for more info, or get in your car (or on your bike) and do some exploring on your own.